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I assume this is referring to the American Red Cross, because that is where Cracked.com is based. Note also that describing the Red Cross as "a business" is somewhat misleading. It is a foundation. Red Cross do sell blood to hospitals. Yes. All the centers that supply blood for transfusions—whether they're part of the American Red Cross or not—sell ...


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96% of donations went to the Clinton Family Foundation, not the Clinton Foundation, and this is an important distinction. Both of the articles you link carry corrections to this effect, but this article goes into more detail about why it matters in the context of a Wall Street Journal article carrying the same claim (I can't verify whether the WSJ have ...


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The statement of the claim in the question is extremely misleading, and the article confuses multiple projects. However, the Red Cross housing projects are receiving scrutiny from investigative news organizations TLDR: The article has accidentally or deliberately confused the earthquake relief project with the much smaller neighbourhood renewal project, and ...


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This is not the case. All charities in the United Kingdom (excluding Scotland) are under the remit of the Charity Commission. As part of a charities registration, they are required to submit annual financial returns to the regulator, which in the case of large charities such as Unicef UK ("The United Kingdom Committee for Unicef", Charity Number 1072612) ...


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No this allegation is not true. Charities are subject to strict auditing requirements, and UNICEF is no different. i'm going to point you at the report of Canadian UNICEF because I'm more familiar with it it. It says: 4% of your donation goes on administration 20% of your donation is used for fundraising That means 76% goes to the actual programs. That's ...


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While building permanent housing wasn't the only planned use of money by the Red Cross, the Red Cross promised to spend $100 million to provide tens of thousands of people with permanent housing and infrastructure, which did not happen. The claim by @DJClayworth that "the Red Cross has never listed 'permanent housing' in its priorities" is incorrect. (I don'...


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In 2015, Hillary and Bill Clinton claimed $1,042,000 of contributions to charity. $1,000,000 of that (or 96%) was to the Clinton Family Foundation (Statement 4 of their 2015 tax return). In 2014, the Clinton Family Foundation gave about 1.9 million to the Clinton Foundation. That was about half of what the Clinton Family Foundation gave across all charities ...


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It depends how you define "civic institution" but if political parties count, then China's Communist party wins the prize Defining "civic institution" is a little tricky especially if an organisation has multiple roles. I'd argue that political parties are civic institutions even if they also have a dual role when they are in government (...


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Update/Edit The FDA has recently (15 May 2015) released a draft guidance: Revised Recommendations for Reducing the Risk of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission by Blood and Blood Products This does not necessarily mean a new policy will actually be implemented. Public comments need to be considered. The period for public comments ends 15 July 2015 ...


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Here is the explanation given by David Meltzer, Chief International Officer of the American Red Cross. To summarize: The premise that the Red Cross spent half a billion dollars is true: the figure given in the article is actually $488 million. Close enough. The headline for the Pro Publica article that you cited, "half a billion dollars and built six ...


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I just came across this news article from TribLive. It seems that the Humane Society is not denying the spend, but stating they are more concerned with other things that they see as more important. “The Center for Consumer Freedom is a fraudulent organization,” Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, told the ...


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Without food aid, farmers cannot survive a famine, and therefore any economic incentive or disincentive is a moot point. The cycle depicted in the chart is false, because it relies on a model of famine that is outdated and incomplete. The cycle in the graphic depicts a speculative economic model based on famines caused by FAD - Food Availability Decline. ...


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The paper BAKER, S. B., SWISHER, J. D., NADENICHEK, P. E. and POPOWICZ, C. L. (1984), Measured Effects of Primary Prevention Strategies conducted a meta-analysis on 40 primary prevention studies in the context of education. For evaluating the effectiveness they defined the Effect Size to be: where ES is the Effective Size - means the benchmark how well ...


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The waiting period absolutely decreases the chance of HIV transmission; HIV can take up to six months to become detectable. Once a person is infected with HIV, it generally takes about 3 months for the body to produce enough antibodies to be detected by an HIV antibody test. (For some people, it can take up to 6 months.) Some HIV tests can detect ...


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Here are some links you might find useful: Hackthissite.org, Jeremy's hacking site - Blog post by the site admins about his detainment. Interview with Jeremy - About halfway down the interview they start to discuss his intentions of the Stratfor incident. You might notice it says, Margaret Ratner Kunstler, Hammond's attorney, clarified that her client ...


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Perhaps. The statement is vague: for example it says, "the church has probably lifted more people out of poverty" without defining what the 'poverty line' is. Without defining a poverty line you can't say, "That person used to be poor but is no longer poor." It's difficult to attribute credit, too: for example if a person receives education in a Church-...


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Yes it can have an impact; but that isn't necessarily a good thing There are plenty of issues in the world that people ought to know more about and raising awareness of them should not be a problem; unfortunately there are many things that feel as though people ought to be more aware of, but that awareness just causes harm. I'm going to point out some of ...


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